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Millionaire Hot Seat
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Logo of Millionare Hot Seat (2009 - present)
Also known as Hot Seat
Genre Game show
Presented by Eddie McGuire
Theme music composer Ramon Covalo
Composer(s) Ramon Covalo
Keith Strachan
Matthew Strachan
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 1,040 (as of 28 July 2014)
Location(s) GTV-9 Melbourne, Victoria (2009-2010)
Docklands Studios Melbourne (2011-present)
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) 2waytraffic
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 20 April 2009 – present
Preceded by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
1 vs. 100
External links
Question Value
1 "$100" ($0)
2 "$200" ($0)
3 "$300" ($0)
4 "$500" ($0)
5 $1,000
6 "$1,500" ($1,000)
7 "$2,500" ($1,000)
8 "$4,000" ($1,000)
9 "$6,000" ($1,000)
10 $10,000
11 $20,000
12 $50,000
13 $100,000
14 $250,000
15 $1,000,000

Millionaire Hot Seat, also known as Hot Seat, is an Australian television quiz show. The show is a spin-off of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which began airing on the Nine Network on 20 April 2009. As with the original version of the show, it is hosted by Eddie McGuire. A special prime time edition aired on 8 June 2009.


Rumours about a new shortened version of Millionaire first began circulating in February 2009,[1] and were confirmed when the Nine Network produced a pilot version of the format titled Millionaire: Russian Roulette in March 2009.[2] The official title was announced as Millionaire Hot Seat,[2] but this was later shortened to simply Hot Seat.[3] The new format was originally promoted as a short-run series,[4] with advertisements featuring McGuire exclaiming "20 nights! 20 million dollars!".[4] It was announced on 7 April 2009 that Hot Seat would begin airing on 20 April 2009 in the 5:00 pm6:00 pm weeknight timeslot[5][6] and would compete against the high-rating game show, Deal or No Deal, on the Seven Network.[5][6] As expected, the show's format was shortened to 30 minutes and given an overhaul of the rules and gameplay, in a system based on the Italian version of the show.

The Nine Network commissioned a second series of the show, to begin airing the week after the original 20-episode order had finished airing on 15 May 2009.[7] The second series began airing on 18 May 2009.[7]

A special prime time edition of Hot Seat aired at 8:00 pm on Monday, 8 June 2009,[8] featuring a contestant, Barry Soraghan, playing for the format's first million-dollar question.[9] Ultimately, Soraghan answered the question incorrectly, and won only $1,000.[9] At the completion of the taped episode, Soraghan was visited live on air at his Blackburn home by McGuire,[9] who then awarded him a two-week holiday for him and his family, as well as $5,000 in spending money.[9] The episode achieved a ratings figure of 1,224,000 viewers nationally,[10] and was the eleventh-highest rating program for the night,[10] which was a vast improvement from the 812,000 viewers that Hot Seat managed in its regular timeslot on the same night.[10]

Hot Seat was originally filmed in the iconic Studio 9 at the GTV9 Richmond premises, however as of February 2011, it has been filmed at GTV9's new home at Docklands Studios Melbourne. The show's 500th episode went to air on 3 August 2011; that day's contestant winning $100,000.

On 15 August 2011 the four remaining couples from the 2011 season of The Block appeared on the show, attempting to win $1,000,000 for charity. But the final couple in the hot seat faltered on the seventh question. The last couple won only $1,000 for their charity.

On 3 October 2011, a The Farmer Wants a Wife special went to air, ahead of the final that was to air later that night. Farmer Frank, the last contestant in the Hot Seat, had a chance to win $100,000 for his charity but lost, winning only $1,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Services.

On 27 July 2012, Hot Seat stopped airing for London 2012 Olympic Games until 13 August 2012.

A local version will air exclusively for Western Australian viewers starting in 2014.[11]

On 2 June 2014, Hot Seat celebrated its 1,000th episode. In this episode, that day's contestant Janine won $50,000. In addition, McGuire called back all the contestants telling them they each won $1,000 for appearing on its 1,000th episode.


Designed to be a faster-paced game than the traditional format, Hot Seat essentially involves six contestants playing each episode, with each taking turns. The traditional three lifelines are replaced by a single "pass", which can pass the current question to the next contestant in line (who cannot pass the question further). Each question is also given a time limit, with 15 seconds allocated for the first five questions, 30 for the middle five, and 45 for the last five. If a player fails to give out an answer in the time limit, it is considered an automatic pass. If that question cannot be passed on, that player is eliminated and the highest value available is removed. The money tree is given a total renovation (see right), with all amounts between $1,000 and $1,000,000 (not inclusive) reduced, and the 10th question milestone is removed. If one of the contestants answers a question incorrectly, they are eliminated, they leave with nothing, and the highest value remaining on the money tree is removed.

If first contestant answers the first five questions correctly, they are awarded an additional $1,000.

The game ends either when all contestants are eliminated or when the question for the highest value in the money tree is answered. If this last question is answered correctly, the answering player receives the amount of money. If it is answered incorrectly or not answered in time, the last player to be eliminated receives either nothing (which means that nobody receives any prize money for that show), or $1,000 if the 5th question milestone is reached. No final contestant has ever gone away empty-handed.

In one episode, a contestant gave an answer to the final question, but McGuire told the contestant that she had not answered it in time and checked with the producers to see whether this was a "pass" or she was to be awarded $1,000. While the decision was being made, the contestant insisted that she had two seconds left on the clock. In the end, the contestant won $1,000.[12]

In another episode, one of the contestants waiting in line had to leave the show due to family reasons. At the time, the $1,000,000 top prize was still in play. That contestant came back a few weeks later, leading to a $250,000 win by contestant Dave Bowyer. Contestants who do not get the chance to answer questions are often invited back a few weeks later.

During the second half of 2011, audio and visual questions were introduced to the format. Either an audio or a visual question would be asked once per episode, usually towards the beginning of the game.

Table of international versions[edit]

There have been 12 different versions of Millionaire Hot Seat since the original Australian version debuted.

Countries/regions Title Host Network Top prize Premiere
Arab League Arab world المليونير - الحلقة الأقوى
El milyoner - Elhalka elaqwa [13]
Maysa Maghrebi Dubai TV Dhs.1,000,000 17 April 2013
 Chile ¿Quién quiere ser millonario?: Alta tensión Diana Bolocco
Sergio Lagos
Canal 13 CL$120,000,000 6 January 2011
 Colombia ¿Quién quiere ser millonario? Silla Caliente
Only with celebrity contestants
Paulo Laserna Phillips RCN CO$300,000,000 3 episodes aired in 2013
 Ecuador ¿Quién quiere ser millonario? Alta tensión Estéfani Espín Ecuavisa US$100,000 1 July 2012
 Hungary Legyen Ön is milliomos! - felpörgetve Sándor Fábry RTL Klub 40,000,000Ft March, 2010
 India (Hindi) Kaun Banega Crorepati Hot Seat
Only with celebrity contestants
Amitabh Bachchan Sony TV INR10,000,000 2010
 Indonesia Who Wants To Be a Millionaire Hot Seat Ferdi Hasan RCTI Rp.500,000,000 13 September 2010
 Norway Vil du bli millionær? Hot Seat Sarah Natasha Melbye TV2 2,000,000Kr 2009/10
 Portugal Quem quer ser milionário? Alta Pressão José Carlos Malato RTP 1 100,000 5 July 2010
 Spain ¿Quién quiere ser el millonario? Núria Roca laSexta 100,000 15 February 2012
 Ukraine Мільйонер - Гаряче крісло
Milyoner - Garyache Krislo
Vladimir Zelenski Inter 1,000,000 15 February 2011
 Vietnam Ai Là Triệu Phú - Ghế nóng Lại Văn Sâm VTV3 ₫120,000,000 7 September 2010

Notable contestants[edit]

$250,000 winners[edit]

  • Evan Hudleston: 6 July 2009
  • Oliver Pennington: 27 July 2009[14]
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Bluetooth is a modern technology named after a 10th-century king of which country?
• A: Denmark • B: Spain
• C: Latvia • D: Portugal
  • Kevin Hoey: 12 August 2009[15]
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
What is the capital of Greenland?
• A: Nuuk • B: Attu
• C: Kolding • D: Herning
  • John Botfa: 7 September 2009
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
100 is the atomic number of which chemical element?
• A: Einsteinium • B: Fermium
• C: Mendelevium • D: Nobelium
  • Mike Curtis: 9 November 2009[16]
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Which of these gemstones is a variety of corundum?
• A: Sapphire • B: Diamond
• C: Amethyst • D: Emerald
  • Julie King: 22 March 2010[17]
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
What is Tucume in Peru most famous for?
• A: Forests • B: Mountains
• C: Deserts • D: Pyramids
  • Dave Bowyer: 31 May 2010
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Ricin is a deadly toxin type extracted from what part of the castor plant?
• A: Seed • B: Leaf
• C: Stalk • D: Root
  • Brian Caplen: 30 June 2010
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Since 1998, a standard 'kilogram' has been defined by one specific object made from platinum and...?
• A: Titanium • B: Iridium
• C: Chromium • D: Actinium
  • Joanna Broadley: 19 October 2010
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Thanks to a novel by James Joyce, which date is now known as Bloomsday?
• A: July 17 • B: June 16
• C: May 15 • D: April 14
  • Chris Bosse: 27 June 2011
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
What would you normally do with an 'ondes martenot'?
• A: Play it • B: Ride it
• C: Wear it • D: Eat it
  • Clayton Kewar: 14 February 2012
  • Kiran Singh: 1 January 2013
  • Elaine Deverix: 8 April 2013
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
Which king of England was known as 'the Hammer of the Scots'?
• A: William II • B: Richard I
• C: Henry II • D: Edward I
  • Gary Stiles: 5 August 2013
$250,000 (14 of 15) – 0:45 time limit
The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest takes its name from a...
• A: Politician • B: British Lord
• C: Tree fern • D: Geologist
  • Sarah Wyatt: 7 August 2013
  • Amander Van Keimpema: 17 February 2014
  • Matthew Ford: 19 February 2014

Celebrity Hot Seat[edit]

In the week of 13–18 August 2012, various celebrities took to the Hot Seat playing for charity. Celebrities included:


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